Submarine Torpedo Boat Holland
Atlantic Basin, Brooklyn, N. Y.
July 19th, 1898.
This day in pursuance of my duty, I made a Sub-aques trip in
I am thus the first naval Officer of any nationality to per-
form such service; therefore, if it please the Department, I
would like to have that fact added to my Official Record.
Chief Engineer, U. S.N.
The Honorable Secretary of the Navy.
On this day my Father made no mention of his
intention of going down with the Holland. He left as normal clad
in a white linen bicycle suit and rode as was his daily custom from
Hempstead Long Island to the Iron Works, 22 miles. I remember
when he returned he dismounted in front of my mother, saying
with shining eyes, "I've been down in the Holland Submarine."
"Oh, John!!!" Later at another trial father insisted the boat
was of no ea...... ........ it could stay down. So the Sound
in front of the Manhassett House was outside G...ti rose
minted. I am told the guests stood watching
while Mother watched the little boat, holding
precious lives, sink gradually below the surface.
What she thought she never said. What she
did was to search the beach for specimens
which she fit into a smelly pail she found on the
beach which a gentleman in expensive summer
toggery carried to his room for her for microscopic study.
A storm came up that night but the Sub
did not know it. Fifteen hours later the little boat
rose triumphantly to be greeted by headlines in the
papers. "Down went McGinty"
Edith Blinston Lowe